Home Offices launches consultation on deregulating sound moderators

BASC has welcomed a government decision to launch a public consultation on a proposal to remove sound moderators from firearms licensing controls.

Launched today, the Home Office consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the definition of firearm in section 57(1)(d) of the Firearms Act 1968, removing the reference to sound moderators.

Currently, sound moderators must be covered by a firearms certificate. However, the wording of the consultation states that “sound moderators are not dangerous as firearms, and removing them from firearms licensing controls does not have any implications for public safety”.

BASC’s director of firearms Bill Harriman said: “The announcement that the government is to consult over the deregulation of sound moderators is very welcome news. The removal of moderators from the firearms licensing regime not only benefits firearm certificate holders; police firearms licensing units will be spared needless administrative bureaucracy by no longer having to licence inert objects whose free possession has no detrimental effects for public safety.

“BASC and the British Shooting Sports Council (BSSC) have worked diligently on this matter over the last few years, and we’re pleased that the government is listening. In particular, we would like to thank Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, BASC VP and chairman of the All-Party Group on Shooting and Conservation, and Jonathan Djanogly MP, Chairman of BSSC for the regular representations they’ve made to the Home Office and others in government.”

Today’s announcement came via letter to sent to BASC and other stakeholders from Nick Hunt, head of firearms and weapons policy unit at the Home Office.